We have collected some helpful lesson plans as well as discussion guides for talking about the results of the 2016 election. For more ideas, see the message below from Colorín Colorado contributor Kristina Robertson. To see related resources, visit our Election 2016 section.
Current Events for Students
- Newsela: Bilingual news articles at different reading levels and Common Core-aligned quizzes
- Listenwise: Current Events & Election Podcasts
Discussing the Election Results
- PBS NewsHour: How Schools Are Dealing with Post-Election Fallout
- Education Week: The Election Is Over, But for Teachers, Hard Conversations Are Just Beginning
- The New York Times: Teaching Ideas for After the Votes Are Tallied
- PBS Learning Media: Election Central
- PBS NewsHour Extra: Election Videos and Lessons for Grades 7-12
- Scholastic: Election 2016
- Share My Lesson: Post-Election Collection
- Teaching Tolerance: The Day After
- Larry Ferlazzo: Immigrant Students Write Letters to the Next President
Recommended Resourcesfact sheets (also available in Spanish) and the Civil Rights information below provide a summary of what schools need to know.
Serving ELLs & Immigrant Students Tookits
- U.S. Department of Education: English Learner Tool Kit
- All In! How Educators Can Advocate for English Language Learners
- Unaccompanied Children in Schools: What You Need to Know
- Immigrant and Refugee Children: Tools and Resources to Help Protect and Prepare Youth and Families in Event of an Immigration Raid
Making Students Feel Welcome
- Supporting Special Populations such as Refugees and Unaccompanied Children
- 8 Tips to Protect ELLs from Bullying in Your Classroom and School
- Creating a Welcoming Classroom for ELLs
- Education Week: A Primer on Helping Immigrant Students Feel Welcome in School
- Welcoming America Network: Resources and Ideas
A few words of wisdomAnd finally, some closing thoughts from Christopher Breiseth, a lifelong educator, professor of history, former college president — and the father of Colorín Colorado manager Lydia Breiseth.
"It is important that all of us work hard to treat each other with respect, as members of the same national family. Through it all, we must demonstrate how to treat each other and hold to what we most believe in. There will be ample opportunities to demonstrate how to behave well, how to address our common challenges, and how to make our civic lives more vibrant."